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Programme 7

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 09 December 2006

3rd annual St Andrews’ Night Celebration in Belfast City Hall & poetry from Josie Neill.

  • Series 13 Programme 7

    Liam Logan and James Fenton are in Ballyknock near Loughguile, catching up with Eamon McGarry and Eddie McFadden and discussing the dreadful winter weather.

    The Ulster-Scots Heritage Council recently held its third annual St Andrews’ Night Celebration in Belfast City Hall, featuring the world famous Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band. We hear from Lord Mayor, Councillor Pat McCarthy; and Liam catches up with Councillor William Humphrey, High Sheriff of Belfast and Director of the Heritage Council who tells him more about the evening’s events. Andrew McKinley MP, Chair of the Ulster-Scots Parliamentary Group talks to Liam about the ‘tartan’ tradition - and his efforts to promote Ulster-Scots in Westminster: and Councillor Pat McCarthy tells Liam that this evening’s event reflects the diversity of Northern Ireland. Following the Selkirk Grace, Liam catches up with Jackie Morrison who is enjoying the drumming…

    In Dumfries, Ayrshire poet, Josie Neill narrates the sad tale of ‘Tibbie Logie’ - and chats to Liam about how Robert Burns and the other Scots poets gave her confidence to write in the Scots tongue - particularly Tibbie Pagan. Josie reads a seasonal piece called ‘A Christmas Poem’.

    At the north Antrim swarry in Ballymoney Social Centre, we’ve music from John Watt, ‘The Singing Farmer’ who talks about his column in the Coleraine Chronicle - and the interest in Ulster-Scots amongst the people of north Antrim. To close this week’s programme, Liam has a yarn with Charlie Gillen, organiser of the event about what’s planned for the evening.


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